Review of Tales of Beedle The Bard by J.K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J.K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.

Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we know and love, reading them gives new insight into the wizarding world.

Five stories to delight Harry Potter fans or indeed, any fans of magical worlds.

The Wizard and the Hopping Pot: A lovely story about a wonderful kind-hearted wizard who is proceeded by a son who is far less sweet and generous with his muggle neighbours. Dumbledore points out that Beedle was clearly far ahead of the thinking of his times to be promoting such muggle-loving sentiment!

The story is cute and definitely one I’ll be reading for my boys.

The Fountain of Fair Fortune: Three ladies and a hapless knight find themselves in an Enchanted Garden with the chance to find the Fountain of Fair Fortune. Through their trials during the journey each person manages to achieve their heart’s desire through their own grit and goodwill.

Another story that I enjoyed. I’ll read it to my boys as well but I do wonder if they might find it a bit on the boring side 😶 We’ll see.

The Warlock’s Hairy Heart: Well, this was certainly the most gruesome of the lot. A young warlock decides its best to keep his heart locked away so that he can never be hurt. That decision turns him into a very cold man; and has dire consequences.

I’m a bit reluctant to read this one for the kiddies given how it all turns out, but I suspect they’ll enjoy it!

Babbitt Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump: Magic-less kings should never try to get one up on the magical community… it’s just not gonna happen. Babbitty finds herself being taken advantage of by a shyster who is taking advantage of a miserable muggle king. She’s not having any of that though and soon has both those men minding their Ps and Qs.

I loved this one. I think it was my favourite and will definitely be reading it to the young ones!

The Tale of the Three Brothers: This is probably the only story you’ll already pretty much know from the Harry Potter series. It’s the story of the Elder Wand, the Philosopher’s Stone and the Cloak of Invisibility. Here we get it in more detail and have Dumbledore’s charming notes after to remind us all that we can never really cheat death.

It’s a great story that I’m sure my boys will enjoy all the more because it centres around three brothers.

The introduction and the notes on each story (written by Albus Dumbledore) are delightful additions to the book. I enjoyed hearing Dumbledore’s ‘voice’ in those notes and could just about picture him lecturing students on the very valuable messages and lessons these tales have to offer. There are also the little references to some of our favourite (and not so favourite) characters from the Harry Potter series. These references are not at all overdone, just a little flavouring to a sweet book.

I definitely enjoyed this book and will be sharing a few of the tales with my boys. It’s not HP, but nothing else is! I give The Tales of Beedle the Bard 4/5 magical espresso shots.

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